Del & Phyllis: A six-decade love story

Del & Phyllis interview on Out in the Bay

The most famous lesbian couple in LGBT history got married the first time around on Feb. 12, 2004, in San Francisco City Hall after being together for 51 years.  They had moved in together on Castro Street in 1953, on Valentine’s Day, which they considered their anniversary. This Valentine’s Day weekend, we honor pioneering activists Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin in this encore broadcast of Eric Jansen’s intimate 2006 interview with them at their kitchen table, when they shared their tales of San Francisco life and love for lesbians and gay men in the 1950s, ’60s and since. We also hear perspectives on love collected by queer youth training program outLoud Radio.

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Broadcast Feb. 12, 2015. An hour-long two-part version, with testimonials from Del Martin’s civic memorial, is on our “Playing Favorites” page.

Tom Nolan Tackles LGBT Senior Issues

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For almost two decades, Tom Nolan ran Project Open Hand, a meal service created during the AIDS crisis.  He’s now chairman of the MUNI board. But his passion is gay rights and right now it’s the plight of the city’s gay seniors that has his attention.  What kinds of challenges do they face that others don’t? You might be surprised. Marilyn Pittman talks with Tom about the findings of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force.  Thursday, February 5th, at 7pm at kalw.org and 91.7fm.
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The New Face of Out Comedy: Janine Brito

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Wait ’til you hear her rant on Kate Middleton’s naked pictures. She’s out and sexual, a refreshing departure from Ellen.  Janine Brito made a name for herself in 2012-13 on the FX TV show, “Totally Biased,” starring San Francisco’s own W. Kamau (kuh-MOW) Bell.   Marilyn Pittman interviews her as part of SFSketchfest, the two week annual comedy event in the city.  Thursday, January 22nd at 7pm Pacific at 91.7fm, kalw.org.

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Shit & Champagne … and Oasis

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Meet the man behind a show we can’t name on the radio: Shit & Champagne – A Whitesploitation Comedy with DanceD’Arcy Drollinger is an actor, dancer, playwright, director and choreographer of many shows, and wrote and stars in Shit & Champagne, now at San Francisco’s new bar and queer performance space, Oasis.

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Drollinger is a partner in the new club, which opened New Year’s Eve, and says its cabaret-style showroom and stage are “a dream come true” in this interview with Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen. You’ll also hear clips from S&C, and about D’Arcy’s life, career and Sexitude, his weekly dance class for all ages, genders, shapes and abilities. (Eric digs it, you can too!

Shit & Champagne – A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance is on the boards Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm through February 14 at OASIS, 298 – 11th Street at Folsom, San Francisco. Go early for best seats and to see the pole dancers in action! Tix and info at SFoasis.com.

(broadcast 1/15/15)

Managing Grief

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How do we cope with the death of a spouse or lover?  Is it different if you’re gay?   Bereavement experts say many minorities suffer “disenfranchised grief” – grief not fully recognized by society. On this week’s Out in the Bay, Eric Jansen and grief counselors Susan Casslan and Reagan Humber discuss these and other aspects of grief and loss.  (Originally broadcast March 27, 2014. Rebroadcast 7pm, January 1, 2015)

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Guests: Reagan Humber is bereavement coordinator for Gentiva Hospice of the East Bay and an Episcopal chaplain; Susan Casslan is a former psychiatric nurse who chairs the Grief and Consolation Ministry at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco and wrote a book about death and dying: Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a San Francisco Renegade Priest,* published in 2012.

Grief support groups: In San Francisco, Most Holy Redeemer hosts free, LGBT-friendly grief support drop-in groups on the third Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm in the parish library, 100 Diamond St. For more information, email gcm@mhr.org.  In the East Bay, Gentiva Hospice currently offers free grief support groups at Alameda Hospital, Alameda (last Wednesday of every month) and at Emeritus at Creekside Lodge, San Pablo (second Tuesday of every month). Both groups are from 4:00- 5:30 PM. For more information contact Reagan.humber@gentiva.com or call 925-737-0203.

*(Richard Purcell was an openly gay Franciscan priest who ran a homeless shelter for men with AIDS in San Francisco’s Mission District for 20 years. As Richard became ill and died from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), he was cared for by some of the same gay men whom he had helped earlier. )

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